upstart (n.) 1550s, "one newly risen in importance or rank, a parvenu," also start-up, from UP (Cf. up) + START (Cf. start) (v.) in the sense of "jump, spring, rise." Cf. the archaic verb upstart "to spring to one's feet," attested from c.1300.

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